September 14th, 2012
Every winter, powerful northern hemisphere swells cross thousands of miles of open ocean and descend upon the Hawaiian Islands to create some of the largest, most powerful and challenging waves on the planet. On Oahu's famed North Shore, they beckon the top professional surfers from around the globe who come in search of big waves, big barrels and an even bigger reputation. For them, everything is at stake in the world's most prestigious surfing series:
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
Courtesy: Ocean Promotion
This year the series celebrates 30 years, with a total prize purse of $925,000. It runs from November 12 through December 20 on the North Shore of Oahu:
Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa Ali'i Beach - Nov. 12 - 25
Vans World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach - Nov. 26-Dec. 6
Billabong Pipe Masters, Banzai Pipeline - Dec. 8-20
Founded in 1983, the Triple Crown is set at three distinct breaks on the North Shore - Haleiwa, Sunset and Pipeline - and each wave requires power, commitment, style, and a skill set to match the nuances of each location.
From the technical waves at Haleiwa, to the powerful walls at Sunset Beach, and the infamous barrels at the Banzai Pipeline, the Vans Triple Crown Champion is the surfer who has the diversity, ability and stamina to excel in the uniquely demanding surf conditions at all three spots.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will be webcast live in HD at www.VansTripleCrownOfSurfing.com. In 2011, it set an action industry record as the most watched live action sports event in webcast history.